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Tufty-Too Sofa System

c. 2011

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia

Tufty-Too Sofa System

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia

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Tufty-too sofa system by Patri­cia Urquiola is built upon the tremen­dous success of her 2005 Tufty-Time sofa system. Like Tufty-Time, the form of each element is orga­nized into a grid-like compo­si­tion of recti­lin­ear tufts” but, rather than their artic­u­la­tion with pleats to create thin crevices, the designer has soft­ened the seating plane so that the tufts are more like very soft undu­la­tions that are visu­ally punc­tu­ated by dashes of long recti­lin­ear stitches – these long stitches can be used to create subtle or graphic contrasts. The corner ends of each modular piece are char­ac­ter­ized by a pronounced verti­cal pleat where the front and side planes meet – this creates a wonder­ful synergy with the expanse of recti­lin­ear stitches on the undu­lat­ing tufted plane.

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Patricia Urquiola

Spain (1961)

World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has already left a profound mark on the industry, and her prolific career is still catapulting ahead at full-speed. The Spanish designer’s eye for brilliant color and striking, sinuous forms turns her furniture, product, and interior designs into instant hits. Her expert understanding of composition, material, and form has garnered her commissions from the world’s most esteemed manufacturers, including Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, and Moroso. Pieces like her amorphous Bend sofa for B&B Italia reveal her talent for creating instantly eye-catching furniture that is also extremely inviting and human-centric.

Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and lives and works in Milan. After her schooling, she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed alongside Vico Magistretti. She opened her own studio in 2001.

In 2015, she was named the art director of legendary Italian house Cassina, where she has worked to resurrect the brand’s expansive archive and transform its flagship stores to reflect the more than 90-year-old company’s modern vision. She also produces designs for a wide range of global clients.

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